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September 29, 2010

Fall Gold

“Wyclef “Jane – 18 weeks

Pacific Golden Chanterelle

Trace and Katerina

Bear crap in the orchard

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  1. September 29, 2010 2:30 am

    What amazing signs of fall! Thank for sharing them.

  2. Enjay permalink
    September 29, 2010 6:53 am

    Looks like the bear is doing a little reseeding for you. Blackberries?
    In regards to your previous post, thank you so much for the visual representation. One would hope that the continual good condition of your cattle would have gotten the attention of your neighbors and perhaps silenced them, but I guess some people just can’t wrap their heads around different methods.
    I remember a while back you posted something about your daughters horse in rotational grazing and I thought you mentioned that he had to be managed a little differently or perhaps wasn’t as beneficial because he is a non-ruminent but I can’t seem to find the post. Is there a difference, or have I been dreaming again? Thanks!

    • September 29, 2010 7:44 am

      Enjay, yep blackberries. Poor bears are hungry this year – no apples and they are forced to eat more berries and pears. And for the record the bears here do not care for pears. They came into spring hungry and are still discombobulated.

      I have no idea what post I mentioned horses in, but they are harder to rotationally graze than cattle, because they have such different feed requirements, top teeth to eat the grass into the ground, the shape of their hooves cuts the sod more, and they don’t really get the concept of electric fence as well as the cows. All that being said, she still rotated him weekly, and did OK, because horses can eat so close to the ground they are much more prone to parasites, so some sort of rotation is very helpful for horses. I am just spoiled with my cows.

      As for the neighbors, change is hard, and sadly they feel like if we do something different that makes what they are doing is wrong. They are happy with what they are doing, we weren’t so we changed and that made us happy.

  3. September 29, 2010 6:55 am

    Looks like the bear has been eating a lot of blackberries:)
    And looks like the pile we found in our back bush, which was a shock, as we really aren’t in bear country.

    • September 29, 2010 7:46 am

      Karen, usually they don’t eat that many berries at this time, they are all moldy and way past their prime, that was under the pear tree by my fence charger, poor fellow is eating different this year for sure. They usually leave the pears and eat apples. But no apples this year.

  4. September 29, 2010 7:36 am

    Beautiful signs of Autumn, we’re beginning to see them here as well. I love the array of colors and smells.

    Can’t say we have bear scat, but we do have plenty of coon scat, filled with berry seeds*wink*

    It’s been forecasted that we’re in for a hard winter and it seems the animals realize it too, our cows are growing thick and shiny winter coats, the poultry all have thick down feathers( theicker than normal) the coons are ravenous and the wasps are way up high this Autumn. May just be signs of old wives tales but it better to be prepared than not *wink* We’ve cut extra wood and have been preserving the garden bounties so we’re settign good. :o)

  5. September 29, 2010 9:38 pm

    I love the chanterelles. We get them around us as well. – Margy

  6. September 30, 2010 4:47 am

    Never saw – or at least recognized – bear poo before. So I guess the old standard “do bears sh*t in the woods?” is now answered. And now I’ll know it when/if I see it.

  7. September 30, 2010 6:08 am

    Why no apples?

    Love the photo of Trace and Katerina! You all take such nice pictures! I have lost lots of potential photo ops because I don’t have my camera on me, I really must learn to keep it with me at all times, like it seems you do.

    • September 30, 2010 7:07 am

      Jenny, well we have about 20 pounds of apples, so not quite none, but as good as. It rained solid from late March until early June, the poor trees even lost some of the first leaves. Too cold for bees and too wet for wind pollination 😦

  8. Jessika permalink
    September 30, 2010 12:04 pm

    Such a good looking calf and love the name!

  9. September 30, 2010 4:33 pm

    No words needed, always enjoy your pics!

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